Two oil subsidy suspects, Seun Ogunbambo and Habila Theck, have been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The two men are the Managing Director and General Manager, Operations, of Fargo Petroleum and Gas Limited, one of the numerous firms implicated in the 2011 multi-million naira subsidy scam.
The two men who had been standing trial for the alleged scam of close to N1 billion jumped bail, forcing the EFCC to raise the alarm about their whereabouts.
In a statement signed by the commission’s spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC said the two men were wanted in connection with a case of conspiracy, forgery and obtaining the sum of N976, 653,110.28 from the Petroleum Support Fund by false pretence, following their disappearance into thin air after being granted bail by a Lagos High Court, and that all efforts to trace them had failed.
“Light complexioned Ogunbambo speaks English and Yoruba, while Theck is fluent in English and Hausa.
“Ogunbambo’s last known address is 2 Olamiyuyan Crescent, Ikoyi, Lagos, while Theck’s is 89, Buck Field, Yaba, Lagos,” the commission said.
The two had last May claimed that their statements were obtained under duress and asked the court to quash all allegations made against them, as the EFCC violated their fundamental rights in the course of interrogation.
The renowned lawyer representing them, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), filed an application praying the court to quash some charges of fuel subsidy fraud instituted against Mr. Seun Ogunbambo.
In his application filed before Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo, Agbokoba argued that the EFCC had violated his client’s right to Miranda rights.
According to him, by Miranda rights, a person arrested or detained, is entitled to have legal representation immediately on arrest and before making any statement, but Agbakoba said his client was denied such.